On Friday, March 11, 2011 at 6:25 UTC, an earthquake rocked the northern coast of Japan with a magnitude of 8.9 on the Richter Scale, making it 1000 times stronger than the 2010 Haiti Earthquake (in terms of energy released) and one of the highest earthquakes ever recorded on earth (5th). The quake’s epicenter was only 231 miles away from Tokyo, and aftershocks are still occurring. As a result, massive waves (some reports saying as high as 33 ft.) are sweeping the country, with additional tsunami warnings in effect for at least 20 countries, Hawaii (where evacuations have already begun), Alaska, and the entire west coast.
Links to keep up:
- Al Jazeera English live feed here. (Also streaming on their iPhone App)
- The Daily What’s coverage here.
- CNN’s coverage here.
- Reddit thread here.
- Wikipedia page here.
- YouTube is collecting videos at CitizenTube.
- Google’s People Finder here.
- Wall Street Journal’s live blog here.
- Japan Declares Emergency at the Tokyo Electric Power’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.
- The biggest photos you’ll see of the disaster at The Atlantic’s In Focus.
- The headline you won’t be seeing today that is completely accurate. (Update: Well played, NY Times)
- A roundup of ways you can help.